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County Down Magill Research Sources

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Some County Down Magill Families with US Connections

Gillhall, Tullycairn, Gilford, Earls of Clanwilliam

"John Magill, said to have been a junior branch of the family of that name in Scotland." (History of Down, p. 389). Three times, no male heir.

American Magill with Tullycairn Connection

Family of William Magill travelled from Scotland to Tullycairn around 1710. Then in late 1720s, went to Bucks County, Pennsylvania and eventually Augusta County, VA. Charles Magill, brother of William, also went to Bucks County, Pennsylvania and stayed there. There is a letter from John Magill to his nephew Caleb in Greener Pastures that mentions that John McGill, attorney in Winchester, VA is a relation (see Broughshane section).

Broughshane, Ballymena, Shane's Castle, Co. Antrim Magill families

The family is described in the James Boyd Magill book by Jones. It is also briefly mentioned in the Captain Augustus McGill (pages 42-47) book. These books mention a connection to the Montgomery family and burials at Shane's castle. Also mentioned in Some Prominent Virginia Families book. This book mentions a connection to Tullycairn. John, Arthur and Charles Magill went to America in 1766. James Boyd Magill went to SC in 1823. This family is also discussed in Magill Family Record, Chapter XIV Other Magills. The Middletown, CT branch of this family is well documented in Direct connections: Ziebarth-Magill ancestry.

Grey Abbey, The Ards

This family has several marriages to the Montgomery family. It is mentioned multiple times in the Montgomery Manuscripts. David Magill is probably either the son or nephew of David Magill, lord advocate and Judge (p. 123 Mont. Manuscripts).


Captain Augustus McGill, Governor Andrew Ryan McGill

Origin was along the bay, between Belfast and Carrickfergus. Sons Patrick and Arthur came to the US in 1770 on the ship "Good Intent" that was owned by their brother Henry.

County Down Magill Sources


  • Atkinson, E. D. (1898). An Ulster Parish: Being a History of Donaghcloney (Waringstown). Ireland: Hodges, Figgis. p. 117. Mentions Henry Magill, Esq. HaithiTrust version
  • Lowry, Thomas K.. The Hamilton Mss.: Printed From the Original Mss.. Belfast, 1867. Page 64 describes John Magill and Robert Hawkins Magill as Members of Parliament. Hamilton Manuscripts
  • Montgomery, William, 1633-1707, and George Hill. The Montgomery Manuscripts: (1603-1706). Belfast: J. Cleeland, 1869. Montgomery Manusciripts. Note -Use search terms "Magill, McGill, Gillhall, Gill Hall, Tullycarn, Tullycairn." Montgomery Manuscript Research Notes
  • Thrift, Gertrude, and W. P. W. (William Phillimore Watts) Phillimore. Indexes to Irish Wills. London: Phillimore and Co., 19091920. Note: Volume 4 Covers Dromore Diocese. Irish Wills Index vol. 3 Not County Down. Also available at findmypast.com Thrift Index.
  • Knox, Alexander. A History of the County of Down, from the Most Remote Period to the Present Day: Including an Account of Its Early Colonization, Ecclesiastical, Civil and Military Policy. Ireland: Hodges, Foster & Company, 1875. GoogleBooks
  • Atkinson, Edward Dupré. Dromore, an Ulster Diocese. Ireland: W. Tempest, 1925. Note- This is a history of the Catholic Diocese of Dromore. Some Magills are mentioned.
  • McGill, Augustus. The McGills, Celts, Scots, Ulsterman and American Pioneers: History, Heraldry and Tradition. United States: McGill-Warner Company, 1910.
  • Jones, Hazel Parker. Descendants of James Boyd Magill, 1799-1880, emigrant from Ireland to Chester co., S. C. in 1823 : a biographical and historical genealogy, including allied families. 1965.
  • Pecquet du Bellet, Louise., Jaquelin, Martha Cary., Jaquelin, Edward. Some Prominent Virginia Families. United States: J.P. Bell Company (Incorporated), 1907. Volume 4, chapter XI deals with John Magill of Winchester, VA who was mentioned in the James Boyd Magill Book.
  • O'Laverty
  • OSM
  • Down Survey?

Webpages and Other Sources

  • County Down Magill Surname List Excellent summary on Rootsweb.com.
  • RosDavies Placenames
  • Thrift, Gertrude "Thrift Geneaological Abstracts" Trift Abstracts. I saw some records related from 1600's regarding Magennis losing land to Captain John Magill of Gillhall.
  • Downpatrick Recorder, 26 Jan 1867, found on Findmypast.com using a search term of "Robert Hawkins". A column called "The Hamilton MSS" which is apparently an excerpt of a book published by Archer and Sons, Belfast, edited by Mr. Lowry, QC. This article describes some of the politics of Co. Down in the 1600. Also see Ulster Journal of Archaeology 1855
  • http://thepeerage.com/

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